9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Logo Renews 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Orders 'Fire Island' Series
Logo is ready to Race again.
The LGBT-themed Viacom-owned cable network has renewed RuPaul's Drag Race for a ninth season and picked up docuseries Fire Island, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The renewal news comes days after host RuPaul scored his first-ever Emmy nomination for best reality host, with the series also nominated for best costumes.
The recently concluded eighth season of the World of Wonder Productions show posted year-over-year ratings growth and ranked as the most-watched premiere in series history. Spinoff RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race returns for its second season on Aug. 25.
"Season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race will be bigger, better and more twisted than ever,” RuPaul said Wednesday in a statement. “Thank you Logo for continuing to provide a powerful platform for these brave, gorgeous and creative souls to tell their stories. They represent the hopes and dreams of all the outsiders around the world.”
Meanwhile, Logo has added docuseries Fire Island from producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions.
The project follows a group of young New York professionals who leave behind the stress of their big city lives and escape to the sun-soaked oasis of Fire Island. The series features the adventure, romance and relationships of friends and housemates as they vacation together in a share-house and experience the magic and drama of the landmark location.
Albert Bianchini exec produces alongside Logo's Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola; Jen Passovoy is set to produce for the cabler.
“Fire Island is an exciting new addition to Logo’s slate and perfectly complements the stories our audience craves,” said Post, senior vp original programming at Logo.
Fire Island joins the recently ordered gay dating competition series Finding Prince Charming, hosted by Lance Bass, as Logo continues to add originals.